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11-12-2019 05:24 PM
XLGeorge I always had/have centre stand in all my mikes (well, apart from enduros) as I think the advantages outweigh the drawbacks.

But the other day a colleague mentioned "Do you know that you CRF Honda centre stand weighs some 7 kgs?". Is it really that heavy? I suspect there maybe aftermarket options that are lighter.
11-12-2019 04:24 PM
Red Maverick I bought the centre stand for oiling the chain and cleaning the bike.
11-12-2019 09:56 AM
Shadowjack A lot of guys on here would complain about the rope we used to hang 'em with, even if it was brand-new.
11-11-2019 07:06 PM
AdvArt It's troll bait from the OP. Just a snarky attitude toward those who have/use a center-stand.

Anyone could argue, why does anyone need crash bars or skid plates....

Don't feed the troll....
11-11-2019 06:34 PM
Northumbrian Agree with all the above, and for me, I park my AT on a bike lift, and itís so much easier to safely have it central and safe on the centre stand.
Another good idea is to have a plate across the stand to stop it snagging up off road, (works as an additional bash guard for the suspension linkage)
11-11-2019 08:39 AM
Motobiker Neither a luxury or a necessity. just something that's useful to have. And Honda must agree or why else provide the fixing points and an option to fit or not. And then multiple 3rd party makers providing alternatives.

Certainly useful for me for 3 reasons. Chain adjust and lubrication as well as allowing me to park it at home within a smaller footprint.
11-11-2019 07:10 AM
Scorch Dugan Is this a similar thing to knobby tyres being too noisy? Beach too sandy? Water too wet? Center stand clangs on very bumpy roads, it doesn't bother me at all. I love it for cleaning and maintenance. Luxury or necessity? Neither. See if you can't break your bike by having one.
11-11-2019 04:22 AM
Mastercore I feel for you @gman
I own a '17 AT and love to go offroad as much as I can.

In optimising the bike for this kind of riding, weight is always an issue. I try to pack light and get any bling off the bike to make it ride better off road. No doubt training and skills off road can compensate in place of many KG weight loss, but every bit helps.

I cannot deny it, that center stand has crossed my mind the same as it has yours.

Yes, it is nicer to pack my stuff on the bike when it is level. Stuff doesn't roll off my seat.
Yes, it is easy peasy to lube the chain when on the centerstand.
Yes, it makes tyre and wheel work easier both in my garage and on the road.
Yes, it does give me an option when the sidestand is not up to task, sloping roads
Yes, it does make making riding position adjustments (handlebar, levers, etc) easier
And one that is pretty important that has not been mentioned
Yes, it may take 2cm away from ground clearance toward the back of the wheelbase, but there is a far more sensetive part under there that is also about 2cm lower that the bashplate! The prolink suspension linkage.
The centerstand on my AT goes a long way to protecting that part of the bike. I would much rather dent/break my centerstand than crack that linkage out on the trail!

Yes, it is a bulky, weighty monster of a thing that I would love to ditch if it were just for weight saving
Yes, we can find ways to do most of the things above without it.
But it must be kept in mind, it is adding weight in best place possible on the bike. Static and below the footpegs.

I rock and log jump and make good use of the bashplate. I love to ride gnarly rocky trails, sometimes too fast, but I can' help it! I hope this qualifies me as "someone with experience"
No slap or other clanging issues, yet. No regrets or problems with the centerstand. In fact the leading edge of the centerstand on my bike is testimony to the shite the suspension linkage would have had to take if it were not for that bulky, 'usless' thing.

If I were to develop that slap/clang problem you speak of, I would look at the springs holding it up, or take the advice from the other comments and use some velcro straps or cable ties to keep it in place. Simple elegant solution.

So my verdict is:
Far more usefull than the drawbacks.
I would go as far as to say: if push came to shove, despite using it far more, I would ditch the side stand over the centerstand.
03-10-2017 04:22 AM
Center stand a must have for me.

The center stand makes working on the bike so much easier and being able to sit on the bike in the upright position makes adjusting upgrades (Rox Risers, etc.), and loading equipment much easier. I was showing my bike to a GS rider and by having the center stand he could stand up and see how narrow the bike is and also check out the pivot pegs. I was buying some soft saddlebags he had and he could show me how to attach it properly with the bike level.

I have not needed to zip tie my stand yet but I always carry several zip ties in my toolkit.

I wish I could get a center stand for my Transalp !!!
03-09-2017 03:56 PM
eltel62 Check it is not the chain slapping the top wear piece rather than the stand clanging. Mentioned in this forum several times. It may not be the stand. Adjust your chain to spec and see if the noise is reduced.
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